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The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought Studies of the Activities and Influences of the Child Among Primitive Peoples, Their Analogues and Survivals in the Civilization of To-Day   By:

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In "The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought," Alexander F. Chamberlain eloquently explores the activities and influences of children among primitive peoples. Drawing comparisons to the present civilization, the author sheds light on the analogues and survivals of childhood found in today's world.

Chamberlain's comprehensive study delves into the fascinating realm of folk-thought, unraveling the intricate mindset of primitive societies regarding children. By examining their myths, rituals, and customs, he provides insightful glimpses into the significance and treatment of youngsters within these cultures. Through this rigorous analysis, the author challenges our conventional understanding of childhood, immersing readers in an alternate perspective shaped by ancient traditions.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in Chamberlain's thorough investigation and incorporation of various primitive societies. By drawing upon a wide range of sources, he demonstrates the vast diversity in the treatment of children in different cultural contexts. This meticulous research adds depth and breadth to his arguments, painting a vivid picture of the multifaceted nature of childhood across civilizations.

Furthermore, Chamberlain's captivating descriptions of children's activities and roles within these societies provide a unique lens into the lives of youngsters in a primitive setting. From playtime to education, the author unveils the significance of childhood experiences in shaping both individuals and communities. By exploring the roots of childhood customs and practices, readers gain valuable insights into the origins of modern-day childhood and its evolution across time.

Although the subject matter may seem niche, Chamberlain's skillful writing makes the book accessible and engaging for a wide audience. His ability to seamlessly weave together in-depth analysis, captivating narratives, and thought-provoking interpretations ensures a stimulating reading experience for both scholars and general readers. Chamberlain's passion for the topic shines through his writing, evoking a sense of curiosity and wonder about the intricacies of child development across cultures.

However, the book does have a somewhat dense and academic tone that may deter readers seeking a lighter exploration of childhood. Additionally, while the author highlights various primitive societies, a more pronounced examination of contemporary parallels could have enriched the book further. Integrating more examples and anecdotes from the present civilization would have strengthened the argument that these analogues and survivals still persist today, reinforcing the book's relevance beyond a historical context.

"The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought" offers invaluable insights into the diverse worldviews surrounding childhood throughout history. Combining meticulous research, captivating anecdotes, and thought-provoking interpretations, Alexander F. Chamberlain provides readers with a compelling exploration of the child's role in primitive civilizations and its influence on our present society. This thoughtfully crafted book invites readers on an intellectual journey that challenges preconceived notions about childhood, leaving a lasting impact on our understanding of this crucial stage of human development.

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THE CHILD AND CHILDHOOD IN FOLK THOUGHT

STUDIES OF THE ACTIVITIES AND INFLUENCES OF THE CHILD AMONG PRIMITIVE PEOPLES, THEIR ANALOGUES AND SURVIVALS IN THE CIVILIZATION OF TO DAY

THE CHILD AND CHILDHOOD IN FOLK THOUGHT (THE CHILD IN PRIMITIVE CULTURE)

BY ALEXANDER FRANCIS CHAMBERLAIN M.A., PH.D.

TO

HIS FATHER AND HIS MOTHER

THEIR SON

Dedicates this Book

"Vom Vater hab' ich die Statur, Des Lebens ernstes F├╝hren; Vom Mutterchen die Frohnatur Und Lust zu fabulieren." Goethe .

PREFATORY NOTE.

The present volume is an elaboration and amplification of lectures on "The Child in Folk Thought," delivered by the writer at the summer school held at Clark University in 1894. In connection with the interesting topic of "Child Study" which now engages so much the attention of teachers and parents, an attempt is here made to indicate some of the chief child activities among primitive peoples and to point out in some respects their survivals in the social institutions and culture movements of to day. The point of view to be kept in mind is the child and what he has done, or is said to have done, in all ages and among all races of men.

For all statements and citations references are given, and the writer has made every effort to place himself in the position of those whose opinion he records, receiving and reporting without distortion or alteration... Continue reading book >>




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